Migratory birds begin arriving at Pulicat


Chicken watchers won’t be upset this yr because the Pulicat lagoon and its environment in Nellore district brim with water to beckon the winged guests in a giant manner.

With the most important reservoirs, which embrace Somasila and Kandaleru, getting bountiful inflows as a result of floods in a number of spells within the Krishna, the arrival of the migratory birds, which embrace the flamingos, to the picturesque lagoon has begun.

“The wildlife on the lake, the nation’s largest brackish water ecosystem after Chilika Lake in Odisha, is conducive for the arrival of the winged guests from far-off land in giant numbers to their winter dwelling this yr, coinciding with the northwest monsoon interval,” Sullurpeta Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife) D. Ravindranth Reddy informed The Hindu.

1000’s of native birds thrive on the 759 sq-km Pulicat lagoon, because of good water movement in Arani, Kalangi and Swarnamukhi rivers.

“The arrival of migratory birds may be anticipated to peak within the subsequent two to a few months,” he stated.

Pulicat Lake is the winter dwelling for quite a lot of aquatic and terrestrial birds reminiscent of painted storks, giant and little egrets, gray pelicans, gray herons and water birds reminiscent of northern pintails, black-winged stilts, northern shovellers, frequent teal, seagulls, terns, sandpipers, and the frequent coots.

Egrets, terns, geese, and waders have additionally make a sojourn to the lake in good numbers. Invertebrates reminiscent of prawns, plankton, coelenterates, annelids molluscs and echinoderms thrive as additionally monitor lizards, calotes, cobra, Russell’s viper, and krait, and colleges of fish reminiscent of sable fish, sargin fish, white, black and silver pomfret.

Open-billed storks, little cormorants, spoon payments, Indian moorhens, coots, evening herons, lessor whistling geese have already are available in good numbers to the Nelapattu chook sanctuary, about 10 km from Sullurpeta.

About 189 chook species, together with 50 migratory species, make it to the chook sanctuary, which can be dwelling to Barringtonia acutangula tree species that may survive even in flooded situation.

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